Motorists plying Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Plaza, who wish to pay cash, will now pay N1000 as fine. This is after the Lagos State Government has pushed for cashless transactions at the toll, as penalty will begin from today, January 20, 2020.
Although the fee for the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Plaza is divided into N300 for saloon cars and N400 for Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), it was reported that drivers who fail to comply with the cashless policy will be made to pay N1000. The cashless payment took effect from January 1, 2020.
The penalty fee is the government’s measure of clamping down on motorists trying to frustrate the new path the government is embarking on in terms of transaction at the toll plaza.
Speaking on the measures taken, the Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde said, “The state government will not hesitate to apply the law on any motorist that attempts to frustrate its effort at improving traffic situation along the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge corridor.
“The e-tags are free to obtain and widely available. Therefore, such sharp practices are unnecessary,” Oladeinde said.
Why cashless is vital to tollgate: According to the government, one of the ways to curb the traffic gridlock is to reduce the dependence of the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Plaza on cash. It is believed that the cashless transaction will enable the free flow of traffic, ending the holdup experienced at the tollgate.
It stated that the cashless transaction has reduced the time and duration motorists use at the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Plaza. Oladeinde also warned that the Lagos State Government would commence full compliance of the e-tags for the toll plaza as the two weeks’ grace ends.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company Ltd., Yomi Omomuwasan, said motorists plying the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Plaza can make payment through four medium; e-tag, the vouchers system, the e-card and the LCC Mobile App for a top-up.